The Crusader football team made history this past weekend in Bethany Okla., when the Cru topped Southern Nazarene 42-7. With this win, the football program has 100 victories since the start of the team 12 years ago.
Though the game was interrupted with downpours of rain, it didn’t stop the Cru completing what they had to. Within less than two minutes from kickoff, UMHB put points on the scoreboard with a touchdown from running back Quincy Daniels.
The ball soon came back to the Crusaders when SNU made another bad snap. With this being the second play for UMHB, Daniels put another touchdown on the board making the score 14-0 almost instantly. Quarterback Kyle Noack would throw a 19-yard pass to make another touchdown just two plays afterward.
The football program isn’t made up of just a couple keys players. During practice and games Head Coach Pete Fredenburg notice’s that the players try their best despite circumstances, like the heat. He loves their dedication and is
happy to celebrate his 100th victory with the group.
“It’s a milestone,” he said. “The thing that makes me very emotional about it is the number of kids that have come through here and that have really sacrificed and done so much to get us where we’re at today. So that’s going to be very rewarding for all of us.”
Pi’Dadro Davis, who is a wide receiver, had two catches during the game which helped the Cru significantly. Davis thinks the chemistry of the players is key.
“The leadership that we have guiding this team and the chemistry that has been developed through fall camp is the best this team has ever had,” he said. “Our commitment and dedication to each other and the legacy of this football program is great motivation to the team.”
The Cru has been trying new techniques during practices this season in order to make it their best season yet. In years past, the dominant way of getting the ball up the field was running it with a few short yardage passes.
But this season, the Cru has made an evident change. The team has been passing the ball more, giving them choices on how to score. Davis likes the new change and thinks it will benefit the team in the long run.
“We have definitely been expanding and utilizing our throwing game in practice,” he said. “Being a senior receiver, I can remember when throwing the football in the game was a nail-biter for the coaches, but I strongly believe that based off the receivers’ performance last year that we have established faith not only in the coaches, but also in our fellow teammates. So hands down opening up our throwing is going to be a big contributor to get us where we want to go, and that is Virginia.”
Another wide receiver, sophomore Tucker Glaske, agrees with Davis about this being the season for the Crusader football team.
“This will be the year for Cru football simply because of the leadership existing on the team this year,” he said. “We have guys on both offense and defense who are willing to step up and make our team better.”
Though the game against Southern Nazarene was not a conference game for the team, there were still some explosive plays made.
Noack was 6-9 for 96 yards and a touchdown. Rickie Williams led the Cru with 83 rushing yards on 11 carries. The team had 447 total offensive yards. The Cru defense also posted five sacks. This Saturday, the Cru will travel to Seguin to kick off their conference play against Trinity University. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.